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The Damascus (Shami) goat of Cyprus

  • A.P. Mavrogenis (a1), N.Y. Antoniades (a2) and R.W. Hooper (a2)
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The Damascus goat, also known as the Shami, is a native breed of Syria and other Near East countries. It was imported into Cyprus some 70 years ago to upgrade the local Cypriot goat population. For over 40 years it has been improved through genetic selection for milk and meat. The Damascus goat was one of the breeds that the Technical Consultation of FAO/UNEB on Animal Genetic Resources, Conservation and Management agreed should be given a high priority due to its qualities.

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